An Accounting and Finance student at the University of Bristol has secured the Quantum Advisory Prize 2019 for his outstanding performance at second-year level, and with it, £1,000 to help further his career.

Rafaelos Shokri, a 22-year-old student from Cyprus, impressed University staff with his consistent high marks, achieving an overall grade of 83% including the University’s highest result ever in its Taxation examination, at 95%.

Rafaelos, who has now returned for his third and final year on the BSc Accounting and Finance course, was recently presented with his award and prize funding at the prestigious Faculty Ceremony (OCT 14) at the Wills Memorial Building by Partner and Actuary at Cardiff-based Quantum Advisory, Stuart Price and Quantum Advisory Consultant, Adam Cottrell.

The Quantum Advisory Prize was established in 2018 at the University of Bristol and is awarded to the highest achieving finance students. The independent financial services consultancy also awards the Quantum Advisory Prize annually to Swansea University students.

Rafaelos, who hopes to acquire the ACA (Associate Chartered Accountant) and CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst) qualifications after graduating and pursue a career in the professional services, said: “When I received the email from my Professor informing me that I had won the Quantum Advisory Prize, I was quite frankly overwhelmed! I couldn’t believe that I had achieved the best overall performance in my year, but I was delighted to know that all my hard work paid off and the news has motivated me to work even harder for this year. The prize money will contribute towards my savings for travelling the world and I also intend to use some for investment purposes.”

Stuart Price said: “I was once again grateful to be a part of the inspiring prize-giving ceremony at the University of Bristol and hear about the accomplishments being made by students. The level of teaching and the progress of students is phenomenal and you can clearly see why the University of Bristol is one of the best education institutions in the country.

“Of course, the highlight of the event was presenting Rafaelos with his award, which was a privilege. The effort he has put in clearly shows in his grades and it was interesting to hear about his future career plans. I’ve no doubt he will be very successful in his chosen field.”

Quantum Advisory has offices in Cardiff, Bristol, Birmingham, London and Amersham and specialises in pension and employee benefits services to employers, scheme trustees and members. For more information about Quantum Advisory, please visit: https://quantumadvisory.co.uk.